The executive responsible for SBS’s televised Eurovision decider says he is confident Australia can win the 2020 international song contest despite previous entrant Kate Miller-Heidke coming in ninth place.
SBS has unveiled the final lineup for its second Eurovision: Australia Decides event, which will screen in February. The contest is designed to select the strongest-possible Eurovision entry and is modelled on Sweden’s historically successful Melodifestivalen.
The 10 artists vying to represent Australia at Eurovision next year are Casey Donovan, Vanessa Amorosi, Indigenous artist Mitch Tambo, alternative singer-songwriter iOTA, pop star Montaigne, folk musician Didirri, The Voice winner Diana Rouvas, Australia’s Got Talent winner Jack Vidgen, Darwin singer-songwriter Jordan-Ravi and multimedia artist Jaguar Jonze.
None of the shortlisted artists made an appearance at the inaugural Australia Decides song contest. Paul Clarke, the director of Blink TV – the production company responsible for the Australian competition – says this wasn’t a deliberate decision.